Give any or every room in your home the comfy, laid-back charm of cottage style no matter where you live. Visit a wealth of rooms that feature traditional takes and fresh twists on this enduring look, choosing from essential cottage-style colors, furnishings, and patterns. Follow tips on reviving secondhand finds and displaying cherished objects to best advantage, then pore over hundreds of lush color photos that will inspire you further.
Make your living room beautiful and graciously accommodating for your guests, even with the limited space a cottage offers. An overstuffed sofa and one or two matching armchairs work well because they seem to extend an immediate invitation to all who pass by to sit down and relax.
The kitchen has become a favorite gathering place for casual meals, which means that this room should be as appealing as possible yet still practical. Make the most of storage space in an attractive way with glass-front cabinet doors that showcase your china and glassware, for example, or attach shelves to display everyday wares for all to see.
The bedroom is the one place that's entirely about you and should reflect your interests. Let your collections inspire the decor of the room: pick paint for the walls a shade lighter than a favorite yellowware bowl or select brown-and-white toile curtains that mirror a display of brown-and-white transferware on the wall.
There are so many wonderful ways to decorate the cottage bathroom. Ideal elements include a claw-foot tub, a pedestal sink, and sheer white curtains. Beaded-board paneling on the bottom half of the walls with soft pastel paint or a tiny floral-print wallpaper above lends a classic appearance.
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